Q. What is a Call Number and how do I find it?
While most public libraries use the Dewey Decimal System, academic libraries like McDermott use the Library of Congress Classification System. A Library of Congress Call Number is a unique alphanumeric set given to a book, which denotes its subject classification and publication details, and determines its location in the library.
In cases where a Call Number is not assigned, e.g. DVD media, McDermott Library will assign another unique number in its place, like DVD1234.
To find a Call Number in the library catalog (Discover), conduct a search for the item and then note the 1) Location and 2) Call Number in the item's details before retrieval.
Note: Materials located in the "Main Stacks" are sorted by Call Numbers beginning with A-G on the 3rd floor and H-Z on the 4th floor.